I was intrigued when I saw some sample videos posted on youtube by burnsius, who created a whole bunch of gun models using Element 3D and they look pretty amazing. From traditional shotguns, revolvers and pistols to space age blasters and "noisy crickets".

But what was more amazing, was how these guns were all created using nothing but the bog standard mask tool in Adobe After effects, Element 3D's extrusion capabilities to create and render multi-layered, multi material, fairly complex looking objects. Oh, and a bit of planning to go along with the imagination.

I never even considered I could do this kind of stuff using Element 3D and After Effects, it's pretty mind blowing actually. Fortunately burnsius also pulled together a neat step by step tutorial as well, to completely open up a whole new can of creative little worms.